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Korea Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Makes Extraterrestrial Debut

SEOUL – Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” clocked up its most out of this world box office in South Korea.

Handled by Warner Korea and debuting at the top of the chart, it reversed the recent downswing in Korean attendances and claimed a massive 73% share of the market with a $12.5 million (KRW13.6 billion) launch.

Opening in second, Korean romantic comedy “Fashion King” handled by Next Entertainment World (N.E.W) took $1.97 million (KRW 2.14 billion). 

Previous chart topper, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” took $1.13 million (KRW 1.23 billion) for a three week total of $11.4 million already overtaken by “Interstellar.”

Local comedy, “We Are Brothers” slid to the fourth spot, taking USD 372,000, a mere 2.2% market share.

With the Western holiday of Halloween becoming more significant in Korea, UPI Korea’s kids’ title “The Boxtrolls” charted in fifth place, taking $329,000.

Local titles “My Dictator” and “My Love, My Bride” both dropped three places taking $168,000 and $183,000 (KRW 182,554,500) respectively. “Boyhood” added $97,400 (KRW 105,625,700).

Another newcomer was the Korean documentary about a Christian pastor, “The Disciple John Oak” which debuted at the tenth place.

“The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol” (aka “Diving Bell”), a Cinema Dal-distributed documentary about the Sewol ferry disaster, climbed four places to 11th. It added $28,200 for a cume of $199,000.

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